And Just Like That…

three women walk down the street in And Just Like That series





Emily Clark

TV Series Review

The gals of Sex and the Cityreturn once again to our screens in And Just Like That… .

It’s been 11 years since we last saw them in Sex and the City 2, which was the sequel to their first feature film, which was the sequel to their six-season run on HBO.

And there are some notable differences.

…They Got the Band Back Together

Carrie has given up her book deals and newspaper column to be an influencer on Instagram with a podcast to boot.

After spending 30 years in corporate law, Miranda quit her job, too. She’s returning to school to get a master’s in human rights to pair with her law degree so she can be an advocate for women in need.

Charlotte is, well, still Charlotte. When she’s not pestering her friends about their beauty regimens (she insists that Miranda should dye her graying hair back to its signature red), she’s pestering her daughter, Rose, about what’s acceptable to wear to her other daughter, Lily’s, piano recital.

And Samantha isn’t even in the picture. After a tiff with Carrie, she abandoned all her friends and moved to London, refusing to take their calls or answer their texts.

But life goes on.

…The Show Was Revived

Honestly, as I heard about this show before it aired, I wondered why HBO was even reviving it. Because other than the fact that all the main characters are now navigating middle age, it doesn’t seem like much has changed.

In previous reviews, we’ve mentioned the series’ dedication to presenting strong female friendships. We’ve also mentioned how it glorifies materialism and casual sex. It would occasionally laud the sanctity of marriage—which is still true—but it also emphasized the importance of doing whatever feels good (also still true).

So what’s different? (Buckle in, it’s going to be bumpy read.)

Well, sex is no longer limited to “hetero” or “homo.” Carrie’s podcast is hosted by person who claims to be a “queer, nonbinary, Mexican-Irish diva.” And their discussions cover “gender roles, sexual roles and cinnamon rolls.”

It reflects the cultural climate, but it’s still a bit jarring. And Carrie is chastised for being uncomfortable contributing to a conversation about masturbation. Miranda similarly faces backlash when she “assumes” someone’s pronouns.

While I didn’t see any skin (other than some cleavage) in the first episode, And Just Like That is still rated TV-MA. And since we see some teenagers heavily making out, couples kissing and embracing in bed and hear a lot of talk about every aspect of sex you can think of, it’s probably not too far of a stretch to assume it’ll follow in the steps of its predecessors.

But then again, the show could also be rated for its language, which includes multiple uses of the f-word, s-word and “p—y.”

So really, nothing’s different. And Just Like That is just as raunchy and immoral as Sex and the City.

Episode Reviews

Dec. 9, 2021: “Hello It’s Me”

Carrie has difficulty adjusting to a new job. Miranda struggles as the oldest person in her class. And Charlotte tries to get “in” with a popular mom at her daughters’ school.

A married couple kisses several times, and the wife asks her husband to masturbate in front of her. They also embrace in bed. We learn that Miranda has allowed her son’s girlfriend to live with them (we see the couple aggressively kissing at a social event), and she complains she stepped on one of his used condoms. Two people look at photos of shirtless men online. A woman jokes with her husband that he is having an affair with his virtual fitness instructor (who wears a sports bra while exercising). Women are referred to as “sexy sirens.” There is a sexual reference to the show Bridgerton.

A man suddenly has a heart attack and passes away in his wife’s arms.

We hear conversations about different gender and sexual identities. A gay couple argues after one catches the other looking at photos of “hot” men online. A person identifying as nonbinary enjoys tricking people about gender. People talk graphically about masturbation. We also hear about different types of sex.

People drink wine. (And several adults shamelessly drink wine from a purse at a particularly terrible children’s piano recital.) A man smokes a cigar. Someone smokes marijuana.

We hear jokes about social distancing and COVID-related deaths. Some teens are rude to their parents. We hear about Jewish and Muslim people. A woman accidentally says some ageist, sexist and racist things in her nervousness. A couple discusses their difficulty conceiving.

There are multiple uses of the f-word and s-word, as well as “a–,” “h—” and “p—y.” God’s name is abused multiple times. A woman jokingly calls another woman a “whore.”

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Emily Clark
Emily Clark

Emily studied film and writing when she was in college. And when she isn’t being way too competitive while playing board games, she enjoys food, sleep, and indulging in her “nerdom,” which is the collective fan cultures of everything she loves, such as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

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